Welcome to the first blog post on the Gerhard Richter: Panorama exhibition, which opens at Tate Modern on 6 October. Coinciding with the artist’s 80th birthday, and spanning almost five decades, the exhibition, curated by me and Mark Godfrey with colleagues in Berlin and Paris, aims show how Richter has continued to challenge the nature and subject matter of painting with impressive dexterity.
We are delighted to be able to include many of his most remarkable paintings - around 150 out of an estimated total of 1000 - that reflect the diversity of his output, including history paintings, realist works based on photographs, abstract paintings, as well as a selection of landscapes reflecting Richter’s admiration for German Romantic painting.
We will also be showing, for the first time in this country, September 2005, a work made in response to 9/11.
Over the coming weeks in this blog, Mark Godfrey will be taking an in-depth look at the exhibition, exploring the development of Richter’s different styles of painting, as well as talking directly to those who know Richter’s work well. You will be able to respond directly to his posts, so please do tell us what you think.